# Ideal Operational Amplifiers ```PHY2028 (Practical Electronics)
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Ideal Operational Amplifiers
Why Use Feedback?
Within a batch of the same type of transistors the gain will often vary by a factor of four. However,
when feedback is applied to an amplifier the resulting circuit can, if properly designed, have its gain
determined by resistors, which can be cheaply manufactured to within 1% of their nominal values.
Consider an operational amplifier (op-amp) with an open-loop gain A. Its output at pin 6 depends
on the voltage difference between its inverting and non-inverting inputs at pins 2 and 3 respectively
V 6 = ( V3 − V2 ) A + e0
(1.1)
where the error e0 represents the difference between our model of the behaviour, and the real
device.
If a fraction B of the output voltage is applied to the inverting input (circuit 1.1) then
V 2 = BV6
(1.2)
from which it follows that
V 6 = e1 +
A
V = e + GV3 .
(1 + AB ) 3 1
(1.3)
where G is the closed-loop gain and AB is the loop gain of the circuit.
For large values of the loop gain and small values of the bias current IB the closed-loop gain is set
only by the two resistors, i.e.
V3
3
RF
+
6
2
V6
–
IF
RA
VA
R1
IA
2
–
3
+
IB
6
IB
R2
Circuit 1.1: Non-inverting amplifier.
Circuit 1.2: Inverting amplifier.
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G≈
1 R1 + R2
.
=
B
R2
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(1.4)
An ideal op-amp would therefore have an infinite open-loop gain (guaranteeing AB &gt;&gt; 1) and an
infinite input-impedance (guaranteeing IB = 0 ). For such an amplifier to have a finite voltage at its
output, the inverting and non-inverting inputs must be equal. The analysis of op-amp circuits is
greatly simplified in cases where the ideal op-amp model is an adequate approximation.
Application of the Ideal Op-Amp Model
The ideal op-amp model, along with Ohm’s and Kirchoff’s Laws can be used to analyse circuit 1.2
as follows:
V− = V+
⇒ V 2 = V 3 = 0V
(1.5)
IA = (V A − V3 ) RA = VA RA
(1.6)
IB = 0 and IA + IF + IB = 0 ⇒ IF = − IA
(1.7)
V F = V 3 + I F RF = −VA RF RA
(1.8)
Stability
It will be shown later in this module that there is an upper limit to how much feedback can be
applied to a circuit before it becomes unstable and oscillates. For the 741 op-amp B ≤ 1 is required
so it is stable even when 100% feedback is applied. This unity-gain stability requires a
compromised the high-frequency performance, so it is the exception rather than the rule.
Rx
RF
Vx
Ry
Vy
2
–
3
+
VF
6
Circuit 1.3: See exercise 1.3 .
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Differential Amplifiers – Storey (1998) &sect;3.10 pp. 88–91 / (2006) &sect;3.11 pp. 84–85.
Operational Amplifiers – Storey (1998) &sect;3.11 pp. 91–94 / (2006) &sect;5.5 pp. 128–133.
Feedback – Storey (1998) &sect;4.1–4.5 pp. 106–126 / (2006) &sect;4.1–4.5 pp. 92–102.
Question 1.1 Derive equation 1.3 from equations 1.1 and 1.2 and hence find an expression for e1 in
terms of e0 .
e1 = e0 (1 + AB)
Example 1.2 Equation 1.4 was used to design non-inverting amplifiers of (a) gain 20 and (b) gain
5000. If a 741 op-amp (open-loop gain of about 20,000) were used to build the
circuits, what would be the measured gain in each case.
(a) Gmeasured = 19.98
(b) Gmeasured = 4000
Example 1.3 Analyse circuit 1.3 using the ideal op-amp model to find (a) V F as a function of V x
and V y . Re-analyse the circuit for the case (b) when pin 3 (the non-inverting input) is
connected to voltage V z instead of the 0V ground.
(
)
(a) V F = − RF V x Rx + V y Ry
(b) V F = V z 1+ RF Rx + RF Ry − RF V x Rx + V y Ry
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)
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Example 1.4 What is the (DC) input impedance of (a) circuit 1.1, and (b) circuit 1.2 ? Hint:
Imagine connecting a small-voltage source to the input and calculate the current that
flows as a result.